Leading HR Influencers

Engagedly's 2019 Top 100 HR Influencers

Human Resources is a growing field that is beginning to expand and inspire change across a facet of companies and job-types. Engagedly is excited to announce its third annual list of Top 100 HR Influencers.

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Methodology

In order to generate this list, we considered around 300 different professionals within the various sectors of HR. Individuals were selected through a data-driven process that analyzed and scored success in five defining categories. Scores were based on an individuals’ recency, frequency, and relevance in relation to their social media presences, speaking and writing engagements, and innovative contributions to the field. Diversity of the individual was also taken into account so as to ensure that people of all backgrounds were included in the list.

Points to consider

We want to emphasize that this list is not in ranking form. Individuals have been grouped based on the type of work that they have most notably been involved with. These categories are in no way intended to minimize the entirety of these influencers’ careers. HR is an industry that is growing in all directions, and it is difficult to perfectly formulate a process that will recognize all HR professionals that are doing credible work. If you know someone who you think should be featured for next year, please nominate them through our website, as we do consider the names that are received there.

Learn more about the Top 100 HR Influencers of 2019 by hovering over their pictures and exploring their Linkedin, Twitter, and personal and/or company websites.

HR Tech

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding achievements in this rapidly growing sector of the HR industry.

 

STEVE BOESE


Co-Host of the HR Happy Hour Show and Podcast | Contributor at Fistful of Talent | HR Executive Magazine columnist.

 

TIM SACKETT


Experienced HR Pro | Fistful of Talent | Employment Branding | Performance Management

 

JOSH BERSIN


Learning Analyst | Founder of Bersin by Deloitte, Research and Advisory Firm focused on Management, Leadership, HR Tech | LinkedInfluencer

 

TRISH MCFARLANE


Anaylst | HR Techie | Author HR Ringleader | Pro Speaker | Co-Host of HR Happy Hour

 

R “RAY” WANG


Founder and CEO of Constellation Research. Best-Selling Author. Co-Host of DisrupTVShow Web Series.

 

WILLIAM TINCUP


Writer | Speaker | Advisor | Consultant | Investor | Conducted over 1000 HR Podcasts | #HRTech | #Recruiting

 

OLEG VISHNEPOLSKY


Global CTO of Daily Mail – MailOnline. Passion for Innovation.

 

MEGHAN M. BIRO


WorkTrends Analyst | Brand Strategist | Podcaster | Author | HR and Tech Evangelist | #Digital | #FutureOfWork @Forbes

 

ESTER MARTINEZ


2016 LinkedIn Top Voices List | HR Tech

 

MATT CHARNEY


Chief Content Officer @allegisglobal | HR & Recruiting Nerd | Social Marketing Strategy

 

VERONICA BELMONT


Product Manager at Adobe. Venture Advisor at betaworks.

 

JOSH LINKNER


Co-Founder and Chairman of Playtpus Labs. Best-Selling Author. Keynote Speaker.

 

HEATHER HUHMAN


HR Tech Writer | Workplace Expert | Gen Y Career Expert | Experienced Hiring Manager | Host of @infertilityshow | Media Relations & Content Marketing

 

JAMIE METZL


Keynote Speaker, Writer, and Commentator on the Junction of Technology and Politics.

 

JOHN DOERR


OKR Expert | TED Talk | “The two things you really look for in a company are a powerful team and a large market.” | Author:”`Measure What Matters”

 

SOUMYASANTO SEN


HR Tech & People Analytics Leader | Evangelist Human+Machine & Future of Work | Keynote Speaker & Writer

 

BARRY FLACK


HR Tech Advisor | Interim & Consulting Assignments | Conference Speaker | Blogger

Analytics and Strategy

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding analytical and strategic methods and ideas that have helped to improve some factor or factors of the operations within HR.

 

SARAH BRENNAN


Making the Future of Work More Human | Speaker | Consultant | Researcher | Mentor | GenZ Mom | #HRTech Analyst | #Talent | #GirlsInTech

 

BEN EUBANKS


Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory. Author for the Kogan Page.

 

DAVID GREEN


Advisor | Award Winning Writer | Speaker & Conference Chair | Future of Work | #HROS volunteer

 

HOLGER MUELLER


VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research. Next Generation Apps.

 

RITA MCGRATH


Professor of Strategy at Columbia Business School. Best-Selling Author. Speaker.

 

CARLA MOORE


VP of POS Strategy and Education at HBO. Brand Management and Operations Expert.

 

STEVE BROWNE


Strategic HR professional | Employee Relations | Networking | Company Culture

 

LAURIE RUETTIMANN


Author at Henry Holt & Company. Host of Podcast “Let’s Fix Work.”

 

JT O’DONNELL


18+ Yrs HR, | Recruiting | Career Coaching | Speaker | Trainer | Professional Development | LinkedInfluencer

 

MAREN HOGAN


Helping with recruiting, talent acquisition and HR, marketing, community and social | #TBEX #HRTech

 

CRYSTAL MILLER LAY


Forbes Agency Council | Speaker | Writer | Working with #HR orgs to make #employerbranding, #HRTech, culture & #recruitmentmarketing better | Advisor | #TheCandES

 

JENNY DEVAUGHN


Leads Strategic Outreach to Inform and Engage over 50,000 Associates at this Global Human Capital Management Company

 

DAN PONTEFRACT


Founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group. Best-Selling Author. Keynote Speaker. Leadership Strategist.

 

MEL ROBBINS


Host of The Mel Robbins Show. CEO at 143 Studios, Inc. Motivational Speaker for Powell Speakers.

Leadership & Development

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding leadership skills that they teach and their achievements in executive advising, coaching, and consulting.

 

DAVE ULRICH


HR & Leadership Thought Partner | Co-Founder of @rblgroup | Rensis Likert Professor at @MichiganRoss.

 

ADAM GRANT


Books: GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, OPTION B |Podcast: WorkLife | @TEDTalks | Success is helping others succeed.

 

JEFF HADEN


Magazine Contributing Editor | Speaker | Ghostwritten Over 50 Non-Fiction Books | LinkedInfluencer

 

BRIGETTE HYACINTH


Best-Selling Author on Leadership

 

PATTY MCCORD


Principal of Patty McCord Consulting. Author of “Powerful; Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.”

 

DR. TRAVIS BRADBERRY


President at TalentSmart. Best-Selling Co-Author of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0.”

 

GEOFF COLVIN


Journalist at Fortune Magazine. Keynote Speaker and Moderator on Business-Related Challenges.

 

CHESTER ELTON


Teacher and Coach on Creating Positive Work Culture. Author. Keynote Speaker.

 

PATRICK LENCIONI


Founder and President of The Table Group. Best-Selling Author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”

 

LIZ WISEMAN


President of The Wiseman Group. Best-Selling Author. Teaching Leadership Skills to Executives.

 

JENNIFER MCCLURE


Keynote Speaker | Podcaster | Creating #ImpactMakers by helping leaders to build careers that they love & lives that matter

 

LOLLY DASKAL


Dedicated to bringing Heart Based Leadership to organizations & individuals | Coach | Consultant | Speaker | Columnist | Best Selling Author: The Leadership Gap

 

GORDON TREDGOLD


Inc Top 100 Leadership Expert Keynote Speaker | Business Coach and Consultant | Speaker | Author | Contributor at Forbes, Entrepreneur, & Inc.

Talent Acquisition

Influencers in this category are recognized for being outstanding leaders within the recruitment sector who promote innovative and inclusive acquisition methods.

 

KRIS DUNN


Founder of HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent. Chief Human Resources officer at Kinetix.

 

STEPHANIE LAMPKIN


Founder and CEO of Blendoor. Inclusive Talent Recruitment.

 

JACKYE CLAYTON


Named Time’s Person of the Year 2006 | Success @HiringSolved@DrPepper | #Recruit-osphere | #HRTech Geek

 

STACY ZAPAR


Founder of The Talent Agency (Recruiting for Recruiting) & Tenfold (Talent Acquisition Strategy & Training) | Speaker | Consultant | Trainer |Recruiter | #R4R

 

KATRINA KIBBEN


Founder and CEO of Three Ears Media. Improving Recruiters’ Writing.

 

FRIDA POLLI


HR Tech Startup | Award Winning Neuroscientist | Talent Acquisition | Entrepreneur | Technophile | Writer

 

SHALLY STECKERL


Providing Talent Sourcing and Recruitment Scholarships | Building Enterprise Recruiting Engines for Fortune 500 Brands

 

JIM STROUD


Producer of the “It’s All Recruiting” Podcast | Youtuber of “Jim Stroud Show” | Consultant | Social Recruiting | Job Search Strategy

 

LOU ADLER


Performance-based Hiring Learning Systems | The Original Headhunter Author – The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired and Hire With Your Head | LinkedInfluencer

 

BRYAN CHANEY


Recruitment MKT | Talent Attraction | Co-Founder @TalentBrandOrg | Future Author | #ebchat | Global Brand Employer and Talent Attraction @InsideIndeed

 

GLEN CATHEY


AI Enthusiast | Global Keynote Speaker | HCIR Expert | Big Data Geek | Boolean Blogger | Talent Acqutision Leader

 

ANDY HEADWORTH


Deputy Director of Resourcing and Apprenticeships at HMRC.

 

HUNG LEE


Co-Founder and CEO of Workshape.io. Improving the Recruitment Process.

 

JESSICA MILLER-MERRELL


Founder | Podcast Host | Workplace Anthropologist | Digital Marketer | Content Creator serving B2B markets | Human Capital

 

KEVIN W. GROSSMAN


TheCandEs President | TAS/HCS Cert #HR #Recruiting | ATAP Charter Member | @SJSU Alum | Writer | Podcaster

 

GEOFF WEBB


Marriott International via PeopleScout RPO at PeopleScout | Talent Community Management | Co-Founder of TRU

 

DOROTHY DALTON


CEO @ 3Plus International | International Talent Connector & Strategist | Executive Search and Career Transition Coach | Coach | Conscious recruitment of diversity and bias

 

GREG SAVAGE


Investment. Speaking. Consulting. | Founder & Owner of Recruitment Solutions | @firebrandtalent | @people2people | @consultnz

 

WILL STANEY


Co-Founder @TalentBrandOrg | TA Leader turned Consultant | Speaker | Employer Branding | @ATAPGlobalAdvisory Council Member

 

JAMES CITRIN


Board Director of Girl Effect. Author. Keynote Speaker

 

SUSAN S. LAMOTTE


Founder, CEO, and Principal Brand Strategist of exaqueo. Improving Talent and Recruitment Strategies.

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KATRINA COLLIER


Keynote Speaker and Author. Candidate Engagement and Recruitment Strategy.

Talent Management

Influencers in this category are recognized for their new ideas that have improved the employee experience and created positive company cultures.

 

AL ADAMSEN


Co-Founder and Executive Director at Insight222. Founder and CEO at People Analytics & Future of Work.

 

MARCUS BUCKINGHAM


Best-Selling Author | “Nine Lies About Work” | Researcher | Founder of the Strengths Revolution | Researcher of People & Performance

 

JONATHAN FERRAR


Co-Founder and CEO of Insight222. Helping HR Professional’s Build Skills.

 

ROBIN SCHOOLING


Advocate of Workplace Revolution. Writer and Speaker. Co-Host of Podcast “DriveThru HR.”

 

PAT WADORS


Chief Talent Officer at ServiceNow. Improving Work Culture.

 

BEVERLY KAYE


CEO and Founder of BevKaye & Co. Author and Speaker on Talent Management.

Organizational Development

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding ideas and methods that have improved the ways in which companies are organized and their efficiency in operation.

 

RAM CHARAN


Global Business and Leadership Consultant. Best-Selling Author.

 

DAVID D’SOUZA


OD & #Learning | People Development | Future of Work | Author: “Humane, Resourced” and “This Time, It’s Personnel”

 

JON INGHAM


Author of ‘The Social Organization’ | Focused on Innovating HR/OD Strategy and the Future of Work

 

JASON AVERBOOK


CEO & Co-Founder of Leapgen | Thought Leader | Analyst | Keynote Speaker | Consultant | Author of “HR From Now to Next” | Future of Work

 

SHAUNDA ZILICH


Global Talent Brand Manager at Qualtrics. Experience Management Advocate.

 

SHARLYN LAUBY


Human Resources management/leadership consultant | Speaker

 

RYAN ESTIS


CEO at Ryan Estis and Associates. Keynote Speaker and Teacher.

 

KATTY KAY


News Anchor at BBC World News. Best-Selling Co-Author of “Womenomics”

 

JEREMY SCRIVENS


Positively disrupting organisations to #collaborate at scale in the Social & Summit Rooms | Digital Transformation | People First

 

DANIEL CROSBY


President at Nocturne Capital | Author of The Laws of Wealth: Psychology and Secret to investing success | Podcast | Behavioral Finance Expert

 

CONOR NEILL


Vistage Chair | Teacher at IESE Business School | Keynote Speaker on Leadership Communication & the Psychology of Mental Strength

 

JEFFREY PFEFFER


Author #LeadershipBS | Speaker | Advisor on Inclusive Employee Experience | LinkedInfluencer

 

RENE PETRIN


Founder of Management Mentors, Inc. Expert on Advising Businesses and Developing Talent.

Total Rewards

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding advocacy for employee rights and ensuring fair treatment, compensation, and benefits.

 

LASZLO BOCK


Author of “Work Rules!” | Ex-SVP of People Ops at Google | Passionate about making work better for everyone, everywhere | LinkedInfluencer

 

JENNY DEARBORN


Executive Officer and Advisor for Global Tech Companies. Best-Selling Author.

 

LISA STERLING


Ceridian’s Chief People and Culture Officer. Directing Organizational and Cultural Transformations.

 

PERRY TIMMS


Founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR. Redesigning Better Ways to Work.

 

LIZ RYAN


Former Fortune 500 HR SVP | World’s Most Widely-Read Career Advisor | Author: Reinvention Roadmap | LinkedInfluencer

 

SUZANNE LUCAS


Writer | Speaker | Career advice and HR explanations with a little bit of snark

 

JÖRGEN SUNDBERG


Publication: Employee Advocacy | Undercover Recruiter

 

MELISSA (ARMS) VAN DYKE


President of The Incentive Research Foundation. Handles Operations, Marketing, and Education.

 

JACOB MORGAN


Founder of The Future of Work University. Best-Selling Author. Keynote Speaker.

 

RISHA GRANT


Diversity and Inclusion Specialist. Consultant, Author, and Speaker.

 

ANGELA MAIERS


CEO and Founder of Choose2Matter. Author. Keynote Speaker.

 

NICOLE MALACHOWSKI


United States Air Force Veteran. CEO and Founder of Nicole Malachowski & Associates.

 

DANNY MEYER


Founder of Shake Shack. CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group.

 

KATHRYN MINSHEW


CEO & Founder @TheMuse | Author of @TheNewRules of Work | Speaker | Inc.’s 35 Under 35 | WSJ & HBR contributor | LinkedInfluencer

 

JEANNE MEISTER


Founding Partner at Future Workplace. Business Operations Advisor.

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